Get thee to Slate.com right now and read the best definition, contemplation of “camp.” If you’ve ever taken an art theory, media theory, cultural theory, or film theory class, you know to what I refer. I never fully understood Susan Sontag’s “lamp”-not-lamp remark until reading Simon Doonan’s article.
The specific bit of Doonan’s brilliance pertains to:
In my opinion camp is simply a matter of doing things AS IF you are doing them. Diving into a swimming pool? Throw your arms heavenward and give it the full Greg Louganis/Esther Williams treatment. When you dive into a pool as if you are diving into a pool, as opposed to executing an earnest quotidian plop, the result is magical: That pool is transformed from a grody Band-Aid-strewn chlorine bath into a veritable LAGOON!
~!~ Now go read the rest of the article!